Our School

Vision Statement

As a community of life-long learners we respect diversity and encourage individuals to assume responsibility for their education and development in a caring environment.

Belief Statements

We Believe That:

  1. Students will develop and accept responsibility for their behaviour and learning.
  2. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in school.
  3. Students will be guided towards a sense of social responsibility to all people in our society.
  4. Students will respect the rights and property of others..
  5. Students will foster a desire for learning and the importance of pride by "doing their best".
  6. We will meet the individual needs of all our students through developmentally appropriate programs that allow for student success.
  7. All children are special, talented and important and will be challenged to achieve their maximum potential.
  8. Learning requires the active involvement of the learner in a supportive environment.

Three Pillars - Guiding Principles

The three pillars that frame Colonel Irvine School are:
Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment.

Respect of Self

  • Each student will strive for academic excellence.
  • Students and parents recognize that diligence, effort and scholastic achievement generate self esteem.
  • Students understand that they are to abide by a code of conduct and that they are a main contributor to the school climate and culture.

Respect for Others

This comprises respect for human and property rights of others, home, community and country and respect for the contributions of those more or less capable than others in given areas.

  • Students will contribute to an orderly, disciplined and secure school environment based on clear ethical principles. The ability for each student to exercise their right to an education in optimal conditions is paramount and the school will strive to uphold this right.

Respect for the Environment

Students are expected to care and nurture the school environment and the resources made available to them. Colonel Irvine celebrates virtues to focus on citizenship and character.


Students come from many different areas of the City. Visit our School Profile to see our program and demographics information. Our students in this program come from all communities of Calgary. In addition, the school has a Bridges Program class. Its purpose is to assist students in the class to achieve academic success, self-regulation skills, and personalized lifelong health and wellness skills and strategies through flexible programming. Students in all programs are part of the school community and participate in school events.

Our School's Name

Colonel Irvine

Our school's name is in honour of Colonel Irvine. He was an Assistant Commissioner of the North West Mounted Police who was posted in western Canada. In 1876 he visited Colonel MacLeod at the new settlement located where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet.

Colonel Irvine was very supportive of Colonel MacLeod's suggestion to name the site "Calgary" which means "clear running water." It is largely due to a letter written by Colonel Irvine on February 29, 1876 that our city is named Calgary.

The construction of our school was initiated in 1956 and officially opened on Oct. 23, 1957. The school is situated on 2.75 acres. 

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​​Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. Our school, along with all CBE schools, made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

Acknowledging the Land

We would like to acknowledg​​e the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.​

​​​School Development Plan

​Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.​​​

​​​​School Improvement Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results​.